Discussion of regulation promulgated to satisfy the provisions of Chapters 863 and 928 of the 2007 Acts of Assembly concerning access management. A legislative mandate was enacted to promulgate Access Management Regulations and related design standards for entrance/intersection access management, exempt from the Administrative Process Act. Once finalized, this regulation will necessitate the repeal of the Minimum Standards of Entrances to State Highways (24 VAC 30-71). The Office of the Attorney General has reviewed the proposed regulations and has certified that VDOT has the legal authority to promulgate the regulations, and that these regulations comply with applicable law.
Subjects addressed in the Access Management Regulations include: pertinent definitions; authority to regulate entrances; procedures and rules for obtaining entrance permits; appeal process; general provisions concerning entrances; design parameters for entrances; private entrances; costs responsibilities; tenure of entrances; commercial entrance access management requirements; commercial entrance traffic impact analysis; temporary entrances; and documents incorporated by reference.
Subjects addressed in the design standards for entrance/intersection access management include: definitions of pertinent words and terms; access management concepts; functional classifications of state highways; design principles and spacing standards for intersections, entrances, and median openings; sight distance standards; turning lane criteria; and design principles concerning private and commercial entrances. These standards will be included in the Road Design Manual as an Appendix.
The Regulations and related standards can be accessed from the following website: http://www.virginiadot.org/accessmgt. A public hearing will be held on October 22, 2007 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the following location:
Virginia Department of Transportation
Asset Mgt. Division Training Room
Brookfield Corporate Office Park
6600 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Exit 183, I-64 East; Exit 183B, I-64 West
Public comments must be received by 5:00 pm October 29. Anyone wishing to submit written comments may do so by mail, email or fax to the contact whose mailing address is provided below. Written comments should include the name and address of the commenter. In order to be considered comments must be received by the above date and time.